How One Prayer and a Simple Journal Changed My Life

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Ahoy there, I’m Ryan Hart

This is the story of how one prayer changed my life and saved my marriage.

I hope sharing my story will inspire others to take action as well…

How One Prayer Changed My Life

It all started a few years ago. I was in a deep slump and felt like I was not living up to my full potential.

I didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning and when I got home from my office I just wanted to sink into the couch.

This wasn’t the type of person I knew I was on the inside and I wanted to change.

The most frustrating part about this whole situation was that I was getting ready to propose to my girlfriend…

…but I was missing the most important part: the ring.

If I couldn’t figure out how to get out of this rut and grow my business, there was no way I was going to be able to afford an engagement ring anytime soon.

Then one day it hit me: I should start a daily journal!

Journaling would help me figure out why I was feeling so blue and get back on the right track.

I believed this would be the magic bullet that would solve all my problems.

Accomplishing this goal wasn’t going to be easy for me because I am a very slow writer and I wasn’t sure if I could find the time to write in my journal each morning.

Also, I was a little nervous what others might think of me if they read my journal and learned about the types of struggles I was having.

Immediately, I ran into a problem that most people have when starting a new habit like daily journaling…

I started off strong for about 3 days in a row, then it slowed down to about once per week and only a few weeks later I stopped journaling completely.

Over the next several weeks I tried using every habit trick in the book to get back on track.

First, I tried using sheer willpower.

Then, I got more strategic and started using habit cues, rewards and accountability to help me journal on a daily basis.

Nothing seemed to last for more than a few days.

However, in my heart I knew that journaling could help me discover why I was feeling the way I was and hopefully a way to get back on the right path.

In all of my research on habits and productivity, I discovered that there is one key ingredient that helps people create habits that stick.

However, this “secret ingredient” has frustrated scientists for decades.

During my trial and error, I combined this secret strategy with 2 other tactics to create a system that helped me transform my life, build better habits, and marry the woman of my dreams.

Thanks to my new habit of journaling, I was able to identify the obstacles that were causing me frustration and found a way to deal with them.

Soon, I had more energy and focus than ever before.

But, I’m not trying to convince you to start journaling.

The same secrets I discovered to create this new habit can be applied to saving an extra $1000, losing 10 pounds or going to the gym each week.

It will work for practically any habit you want to start.

So what was the “secret ingredient” I discovered?

Well, one day I stumbled upon a study that changed everything for me.

The study revealed that the although the most effective way to build new habits is with habit replacement, it doesn’t work 100%.

When you encounter stress or obstacles in your life, research shows that you are very likely to drop your new habit…

Unless you make one small change.

Researchers found that the key to sticking to new habits, even during tough times, is to incorporate prayer and faith into your daily rountine.

You don’t have to believe in God, if that’s not your thing, but you do have to admit you’re powerless and turn over control to a higher power.

So, after discovering this I decided that I would use prayer to help conquer my journaling habit.

I would admit my powerlessness and seek help from a higher power to put me on the correct path.

Sounds easy, right? Well, not for me since I have not always been a religious person.

This slight change was not going to be easy for me.

I have always been a “type A” personality when it comes to setting goals and creating habits.

I’ve always believed that the best way to get the things you want out of life are to put your head down and get to work.

But to be honest, that has only taken me so far. Now I needed help from above.

It was difficult for me to seek guidance from someone else - not to mention asking for help from someone that I did not have a very good relationship with.

For a long time a struggled to incorporate prayer into my morning routine. I didn’t know what to say and would often fumble my words.

But then I discovered a forgotten 100-year-old prayer and everything changed for me.

The Forgotten Prayer

Soon I was able to start journaling every morning, thanks to incorporating prayer into my routine and admitting my powerlessness to change my habits on my own.

I know this might sound a little woo-woo for some of you. But I know there are others reading this that have experienced this first hand and can back me up on this.

Researchers have been ignoring the facts about belief based habits for decades and only recently have come out saying they were wrong.

They said that the effect of prayer on building habits was not something they could quantify in a research paper, so they dismissed it.

Now there are dozens of studies that show that prayer plays a major role in creating new habits, living longer and increasing happiness!

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